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Euan Burton bows out with Commonwealth gold as Sherrington and Adlington shine

Euan Burton has ended his judo career with gold at the SECC.

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington celebrates winning gold: Picture Nick Ponty

Burton said: "I have played my part as an athlete for the last 15 years for Judo Scotland, most of the time representing Great Britain but certainly doing that with my Scottish cap on. Now I have been on the coaching staff for two years and am very proud of the players on the team.

"These achievements are a credit not just to the players, who are the ones who do all of the hard work and without that no-one gets any medals, but the people behind them, the coaches, the physios, the strength-and-conditioning guys, all of the staff at Judo Scotland, they helped to make this week happen - 13 medals out of 14 athletes is a pretty good return.

"Hopefully now we will get more and more kids through the door, some of them might want to be the next Renicks sisters or the next Sarah Clark, some of them might even want to be the next Euan Burton, you never know."

Burton claimed gold at under-100kgs to the delight of the partisan crowd at the SECC when he defeated Shah Hussain Shah of Pakistan.

He had come out of retirement when the opportunity presented itself to fight for Scotland in Glasgow - and the twice middleweight world championship bronze medalist needed all of his experience having chosen to step up two weights after moving into coaching following London 2012.

The Edinburgh born judoka revealed he had not watched his wife Gemma Gibbons' fight for gold, as he fine tuned his own preparations.

He said: "I was in the warm-up room, trying to stay as focused as I could and just caught the back end of the fight.

"She will be massively disappointed, because she came here for gold, but credit to Natalie [Powell], she has been coming on and it shows how strong we are in Great Britain at that weight category at this moment."

Burton maintained there was never any issue of achievements in Glasgow replacing the disappointments of London 2012. He added: "I have said before, and will do again now - this does not make up for London. I worked my whole life to try to be Olympic champion, and I fell short at both Games I made it to.

"But I am so proud to have been able to do this for Judo Scotland and for all the guys who are here watching it all."

Burton continued: "This is a very different tournament, the whole of my life I have worked towards an Olympic Games, I have only worked towards the Commonwealths for the last nine months, it is not always on our radar, but we have performed exceptionally well.

"Being flag bearer was such an honour, which puts a little bit more pressure on you, but luckily all the guys on the first day took a bit of that off with winning so many medals. "Now, It is just a sense of relief at the moment, I guess tomorrow the excitement and pride will come."

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington made it a golden end for Scotland when he threw South African Ruan Snyman for two Waza-ari scores to claim the men's +100kgs title.

Adlington took gold against England's Jodie Myres in the +78kg judo.Scotland's Matthew Purssey had to settle for Commonwealth Games silver as he was beaten by South African Zack Piontek in the final of the under-90kgs.

In the first fight of the evening medal duels, Glasgow fighter Andrew Burns had won bronze, defeating Australian Mark Anthony by two Yuko point throws to one.

Scotland's judokas have won 13 medals in total, which was the host nation's best single sport return since swimming in Melbourne 2006.

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